Saturday, October 10, 2009

Last plant to bloom in my garden

Usually this time of year it's in the low 60's or upper 50's, this morning however it was 30 degrees outside. Tonight there is a freeze warning in place, with temperatures dropping to the 20's. There are even the possibility of snow showers today and Monday. So today I was busy running around my garden pulling the last of the tomatoes, and putting all the ceramic and clay pots close to the house. It was just by chance that I noticed that my Toad Lilies (Tricyrtis hirta) were starting to bloom. They are usually the last plant to bloom in my garden. I love their speckled orchid-like blooms. The blooms themselves are about the size of a quarter, so if you are looking for big and flashy, toad lilies are not for you. They grow in shade/part shade, and they do come in colors other than the ones pictured above.

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